“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” -Elle Wiesel, quoted in Oprah Magazine
See a Smile
Read any self-help magazine these days (including Oprah!) and you’ll get a ton of information about the benefits of gratitude. Study after study shows that feeling grateful can significantly improve your daily experience, as well as change the wiring of your brain in a way that makes you feel better.
I’ve had recent personal experience with this. 2014 was a very tough year for me. One of the things that helped me get through it was keeping a gratitude journal. Before going to bed each night I would take a few minutes and write down three things for which I was grateful. Not only did it help me sleep better by calming at the end of the day, but it was great to see that even as I was struggling there were still a lot of really good things in my life. It helped provide perspective, as well as reinforced my sense of having a great inner strength.
I’m through that period now, but I still write regularly in my gratitude journal because I have come to love being able to focus on the positive. And the number one feeling I have these days is that of gratitude, making each hour significantly more meaningful and positive.
Would a gratitude journal – or perhaps simply looking at someone’s smile when you see him or her – help you feel as if there were more hours of grace in your life?
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